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The Post on Wieners student disciplne policy

The Post is spot on with its assessment of the NYC mayoral candidates. In my experience, the NYCDOE’s student discipline policy have had adverse effects towards classroom management and school environment.
It was a Tuesday, early. My English (ELA) classes were making their ways through “The Monkey’s Paw.” Talkative, and with a few knuckleheads, and a lot of different personalities…It took a lot of different tries but finally the kids were trusting and working with me. But then i HAD A KID LIGHT A FIRE IN CLASS, and he was not suspended. I was near the front of the room helping a small group in that overcrowded classroom,and when Phoenix*** mentioned smoke, and Nicessica** said the same thing, I looked towards the back of the room. That’s where I noticed Hodger*** (best described as the Cookie Monster) and Nedson had a sheet of paper ablaze. It was in fact the worksheet I handed out. But as them room was overcrowded,I couldn’t reach them quickly. By the time, I got to where they were, they had thrown the paper out the window.
So the reason for this story? Despite 31 other witnesses to testify to the danger Hodger** placed us all in nothing happened to him no suspensions, or anythng. I that if Wiener has a plan to dissuade or show Hodger repercussions to his actions, then let it be so.

Chester Kent

(Note – Students names have been changed to protect the Innocent and the Guilty)


Op-ed Response

I blinked when I first read this a few weeks ago.

Though about 70 percent of city students are black or Hispanic, from 2006 to 2012 the two groups, combined, were offered only about 15 percent of the seats at the specialized high schools, according to the Education Department.

A little askew right? Numbers aren’t mine thing; if they were I wouldn’t be so broke all the time. But I know 70% off. I shop that bin quite frequently. 70% seems like a much smaller number considering years have gone by when I haven’t seen a self-identified caucasian student (though most of the teachers I’ve worked with are.)

And it’s been on my head a lot, and then I read an OP-Ed about the same thing, and something has been burning in me fierce for the past few hours.

Note II: The Article in which I am talking about can be found here.

On the NYPOST website. I know.

The first commentary in this topic regarding “the NAACP’s lawsuit against STHSAT” is full of unneccessary-ness. I can’t really express my disgust at the venom he carries regarding the lawsuit. I am not really up for engaging every point he says in a point, counter point way, but I must implore him to look at the facts of the situation.

The NYC Public school system is overwhelmingly minority. Not just any minority but Black, and Hispanic- and then the rest of the races filter in. There are weeks that I’ve gone by without seeing a white child, and if there if there are Asian students, they most certainly do not number such to claim the majority in a classroom. I’ve also seen firsthand that the Catholic Schools of New York, also have a seemingly overwhelming minority population (primarily hispanic.)

Enrollment data from the Dept. of Ed. shows that of the NYC Schools over half are overwhelming (90% or more) of just one race class, being Black or Hispanic. Thus that puts the number of schools roughly somewhere near 800 that are purely separated by one single minority. Now consider this statement, there are another 500 hundred schools that are 75% of both races combined. Thus by randomly picking the top students at most school and filling them in proportionally at Honors/Specialized High Schools – those schools should reflect the population of the City that it serves in some way. Yet, Asians hold most of the spots, then followed by whites, then blacks and then hispanics. The situation is highly reversed from what the typical school looks like. Anyone who thinks that there is nothing wrong with this situation must still believe that racial bias died with Brown Vs The Board of Education. Separate but Equal was disproved as anything but in 1954, why does anyone not see the equivalency in the situation now.

If it’s been proven to show that the CollegeBoard’s SAT has a racial slant in the stories and words used, then why can’t it be feasible to believe that the Specialized High School Admission Tests ShSAT’s can have the same bias. This wouldn’t be the first time that the courts have ruled against a public authority in NYC- the Firefighter’s exam was deemed racially biased in 2012 and millions were awarded to minority applicants.

It is possible that both social and economic conditions as well, as a biases in the test can contribute to situation at hand. There are other things tearing at our social fabric but to subtly suggest that a race or “Welfare” card is being thrown around- it is almost morally irredeemable in an argument. Contrary to what the lead dissenter has said, there are in fact single parent homes of all races, and all family sizes that struggle and push their children to strive harder.

This has gotten overly long and I would like to revisit this soon. However, the fact of the matter is, there is clearly something wrong when in a public system in one of America’s richest cities, that the coveted spots, the Faberge eggs of students that should be shining as examples for the hardest of stones. Really, all school should be amazing, and ideally all students would be motivated but they aren’t. When Bloomberg dismantled G&T programs and set the standard for entrance to schools at a number he failed the essay portion of what it means to be involved in teaching. More and more we are telling our children that the raw score counts but that is not the only thing that will make your grade. We are being impressed that assessment should come in different forms; not everyone knows how to game a test, but showing that you can apply the skills instead of rote recall has its merits. What Math teacher hasn’t said show your work! On the Regents, you have to demonstrate the steps to arriving there. The damned test isn’t maker or breaker of life- Steve Jobs didn’t finish college. And who hasn’t heard of a musician who doesn’t read well, but plays beautifully? Or an artist that doesn’t know everyone Expressionist but can show you in practice what could not be reduced to answers A-D. Wasn’t Good Will Hunting about this?

Even now, NY State moves towards a portfolio assessment of its teachers skills, to gauge their teaching skills because testing just wasn’t enough. Sure,a nice score has its merits, but just because someone isn’t able to recall everyone of Dewey’s educational principals doesn’t mean that they are not familiar with other techniques. Nor does recalling every principle mean that you can put them into action effectively.

There’s not a thing yet as a perfect test, yet. Especially for large groups. Which means we need to tailor the tests and make sure that we are giving he right test for the right person. The GRE has learned that with its adaptive reasoning ability. My thoughts are not for a quota or something like that. I believe just as one commenter suggested that EVERY student should have access to tutors or help to get into these schools or high quality programs. Hell, I couldn’t afford that. That’s several Ipads. And a few Ipad mini’s too. Or a good used car. I’ve watched some hard-working, smart children sit in classes that are ruined by kids who didn’t want to be there, who would rather be chilling out in the hood or something, but because they are forced to be there they are. I’ve personally have left work frustrated as all hell because I couldn’t give more time to a student who was there and ready and saying “teach me” but little Johnny Brat- whose parents are by no means poor or crack friends-decided that that was the period to play football.

NYC has pushed for Inclusion of Special Education children into General Education classes so why not give General Education ranked children who show the aptitude the chance to excel and thrive in these specialized programs; I think that’s a fair solution, and if they start falling or can’t keep up, then at that time, let’s reassess their options. Let’s make an IEP for their “handicap” in this situation. But this quote “the score’s, the score and life ain’t always fair” that Bloomberg said, is the score is nonsense. Why modify with “life aim’t always fair” unless there is something unbalancing the ground.

I’m really curious to see where the Mode (the number that appears the most) Score of the underrepresented minorities lie. Is there even one, or are they just missing the slightly. But there’s no way that you can tell that there are entire districts in the 5 boroughs where there were no students who scored well enough to even sit for the exam. 65% of students don’t have access to these schools.


Again, I’d like to revisit this, but something clearly is wrong.

For some additional reading, check out this New York Times Article. This article contains the lead in quote I used.

[Chester Kent]


Charter school tries to expel kid with ADHD – NYPOST.com.

This is in response to above posted link/article.

I don’t advocate beating kids.  Strong discipline, yes, but beating- no.  In fact, I think that  sometimes their parents need to be beat.  However, there’s so much wrong with this article.  For example. what does having ADHD have to do in common with flinging food across the table in the lunchroom?  Does this kid need to have a personal aid whose authorized to sit there and hold his hands down?  How exactly is he going to function in normal society?

The reporting in this news story is shoddy.  Consider this, the writer is not objective in reporting this.  In fact their diction is extremely hostile to both the Charter School, and Public Schools.  I suppose the writer thinks that by characterizing schools as villains that she would be playing to the emotions of her parent readers and their previous experiences in dealing with strict rules.    However for me, this fails because the kid is a brat, and there’s an air of stupidity to the mothers statements.  I can only really raise my hands in the air, and declare “SHENANIGANS!” What do you say to a woman who equates actions such as talking in class, and not following rules of not just one, BUT two instructors in the room with ADHD.  Maybe she needs to see and talk to her child’s doctors for information in regards to the disorder and treatment options.  Maybe your son’s medications aren’t working.

But in the end, a brat is a brat.  I’m sorry if that brat is your child.  Some issues must be enforced at home, and those that can’t be, please seek out help.  Don’t try to pawn your child off to schools, whether they be private or public, and peddle your frustration.  And in this case, didn’t she seek out the school because of it’s ability to help kids like her son or deject children who behave with poorly or with poor attitudinal judgement like her son.

[Chester Kent]